CTO Jim Tunnessen leaving USDA’s FSIS

Jim Tunnessen speaks at the 2016 Red Hat Government Symposium. (FedScoop)


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Jim Tunnessen, CTO of the Food Safety Inspection Service at the Department of Agriculture, is leaving the agency, FedScoop has learned.

Tunnessen, who has served as CTO since October 2015, will take a role as the first chief digital officer at Voice of America, a news media organization owned by the federal Broadcasting Board of Governors, on Jan. 9.

Prior to his time at USDA’s FSIS, he spent time as an engineer officer with the Army Reserve and as the chief of digital innovation and development for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

At FSIS, Tunnessen has been a major advocate for the federal government’s move to open source. See him in action below talking with FedScoop TV about all things open source and how federal agencies are adopting it more and more.

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